Friday, June 15, 2007

The Waitress

The Waitress: **** Very Good

WaitressPoster This was a Nice movie with a capital 'N'.  There was no blood and guts and no special effects, but there was a heroine (Keri Russell) who is stuck in a bad life but is trying to make it better.  Then she finds herself pregnant.  The movie is about her pregnancy, her job at the Pie Diner, her co-workers, her husband, and her lover.

Throughout the movie she is baking pies with funny names for the daily menu.  The Bad Baby Pie is made when she finds out she is pregnant with the baby of a husband she doesn't love.  Later on she writes letters to her baby in the womb.

The cast is good.  The writing is good.  Here's what the NY Times says (click on movie poster for movie details):

Stuck in a marriage to a man she loathes, inconveniently pregnant with his child, oppressed by long hours waiting tables for a grouchy boss, Jenna finds relief baking pies. Adrienne Shelly, who wrote and directed �Waitress� (and who plays one of Jenna�s co-workers), demonstrates a similar confectionary gift. The movie, her third and last feature before she was murdered in November, blends familiar elements into something both satisfying and surprising. Part feminist fable, part romantic fairy tale, it is by turns tart and sweet, charming and tough, rather like its heroine and like Keri Russell, the plucky, pretty, nimble actress (still perhaps best known as Felicity, from the television coming-of-age melodrama of the same name) who plays her. � A. O. Scott, The New York Times

One little whiny bit here.  The woman next to me brought her little girl (maybe 4 or 5?) and sat right next to me with her friends.  There was no seat for the kid so she started out sitting on mom's lap.  The movie isn't really child material so the kid was bored and squirmed for much of the movie.  Why would you bring your kid to a movie like this?  No common sense, that's what I think.

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